Series preview: vs Giants
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO), 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO), 12:10 p.m. Thursday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Tuesday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. LH Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01)
Wednesday: Braves LH Mike Minor (5-6, 5.97) vs. RH Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36)
Thursday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.80) vs. LH Madison Bumgarner (11-5, 3.15)
About the Braves:
Batting: Freddie Freeman is hitting .462 (12-for-26) over a seven-game hitting streak with two homers, including a three-run shot Sunday vs. Johan Santana. The Braves scored four of their six runs Sunday against the Mets with two outs, as well as six of eight runs Saturday. Chipper Jones has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games, while batting .400 (24-for-60) with eight doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs.
Pitching: Jurrjens is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and two quality starts in four outings since his return from Triple-A Gwinnett. He pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs, in his last outing July 8 to beat the Phillies. Mike Minor beat out Randall Delgado for the chance to stay in the rotation after Ben Sheets’ arrival, after winning his past two starts against the Nationals and Cubs (six earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.)
Miscellaneous: The Braves’ seven-game winning streak is their longest since they won nine in a row May 26-June 3, 2010. This is their first meeting with the Giants of 2012, after going 6-1 against them last season.
About the Giants:
Batting: Reigning All-Star game MVP and former Brave Melky Cabrera was tied with Carlos Ruiz for the second-best average in the majors entering Monday at .353. This is the first time he will have faced the Braves since he left after the 2010 season. He hit .255 that season for the Braves before rebounding last year with the Royals, hitting .305. Buster Posey went 5-for-10 with a two-run homer during a three-game sweep of the Astros.
Pitching: The Braves managed to avoid Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, but Zito has been tough on them too. He’s 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five career starts against the Braves, including three wins in his past four starts at Turner Field. He’s had quality starts in two of his past three outings this season, including seven shutout innings on June 25 against the Dodgers. The Giants are third in the NL in starters’ ERA (3.54), behind the Nationals (3.17) and Dodgers (3.38).
Miscellaneous: The Giants lost seven of nine games heading into the All-Star break but swept the Astros in their first series back. Cabrera is expected to rejoin the Giants after missing Sunday’s game for the birth of his child.